Space Camp – Emasculation Suite

Artist: Space Camp

Title: Emasculation Suite

Release: CD / Tape / Digital

Year: 2016

Label: Sleepover Records

My discovery of Space Camp has been revealed due to one of the “shouts” (a term for an last.fm comment) written on The Blood Brothers page, containing a link to their page. As I clicked play to stream along with my ears to hear, I couldn’t help but agree the ‘shouter’. Besides The Blood Bros, this band bears a lot of influences as well.

Space Camp is an experimental queer jazzcore band from South Windsor, Connecticut formed in 2014. They’ve released their two-track single, a split with Dèrive and this year, we’re reviewing, of course their latest effort, Emasculation Suite.

Emasculation Suite is a really sweet treat. A nice glass of psychedelic juice, if you want to call it that. A nice fresh air of broken down boundaries. A fresh start from the boring normality of the usual punk standards.

Their music bears a lot of influences from The Blood Brothers, Trencher, Holy Molar, The Locust, The Plot To Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, Midori and the best of them all, jazz music, and fuses them together with surreal, queer non-binary aesthetics.

No, it’s not just a messy spazzed up grindcore like The Locust. It’s a beautifully crafted collection of poems that possess a somehow surreal landscape, borrowing the beauties of pure piano sounds of unearthly jazz. Somehow, discordant in guitars and keyboards, but still very pleasant and refreshing to hear from 2016.

Phillip Stounn

A film student, a music enthusiast/addict, an owner of confusion specialist records, a musician of dozens of bands.